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(CNN)Kyle Fersner entered his senior year of high school knowing what he wanted to do for a living -- become a psychiatrist. But earlier this year, a fifth grade boy said something to the 18-year-old that changed his mind. Fersner wants to be a teacher now.
Fersner was observing the boy's class as part of his school's teacher cadet program in South Carolina that he'd joined out of curiosity.
"Hey, you look like a rapper," Fersner recalled the boy saying.
"He said I look like Lil Pump," a popular rapper of Hispanic descent. At the time, Fersner's hair was long and braided, like Lil Pump's.
But that fifth grader's comparison got Fersner thinking about a teaching career.
"In that instant, I knew this is something I can make a difference with," he said. "More than likely he's never had a teacher who looked like me." . . .